Junkets are completely useless, and it’s like murder for the actors involved. Reporters and movie bloggers are given 5 to 10 minutes with an actor, and the actor spends 8 hours going from reporter to reporter answering the same 8 questions over and over as though the “witty” reporter were the first person to ever ask the actress what it was like to be naked or whether Adam Sandler is a good kisser. It’s brutal.
In fact, in recent memory, there have only been three junket interviews to my knowledge that have been worth a damn. There was the brilliant Texas reporter who went Between Two Ferns on Zach Galifianakis, and the junket where the Harry Potter cast was asked to demonstrate their American accents. The latter interview was conducted by Joshua Horowitz over at MTV’s Movie Blog, and he’s also responsible for the one below, where he asks Ryan Gosling if he’s heard of the “Fuck Yeah, Ryan Gosling!” tumblr. And not only has Gosling heard about it, he’s a good enough sport to read some of the “Hey Girl” entries and demonstrated the appropriate abashedness after first conceding that he actually wrote them himself.
It’s goddamn adorable.